7 die, 18 injured in bus accident in Himachal Pradesh

At least seven people were killed and 18 others injured when a bus rolled down into a gorge near Nali village in this district of Himachal Pradesh today.

The accident occurred when the ill-fated Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus, coming from Ani town, fell into a gorge near Nali village in the Ani subdivision. Six passengers were killed on the spot.

Kullu Deputy Commissioner B M Nanta told UNI that rescue efforts were on and most of the injured were taken to Government hospital at Ani. He said most of the victims belonged to Ani and nearby areas.

The accident spot is around 120 km away from district headquarters Kullu.


Tourist resorts in HP experience fresh snowfall

Most tourist resorts in Himachal Pradesh experienced a fresh spell of snowfall early this morning while intermittent rains lashed low-lying areas in the state.

A Met official here said Shimla witnessed a light spell of snowfall which was recorded at 3.2 cm. Kufri and Narkanda had five and seven cm of snowfall, respectively. Manali recorded 20 cm snowfall. The high reaches of Kinnaur also reported a heavy spell of snowfall at 16 cm.

According to a report from Lahaul and Spiti districts, 11 cm of snowfall was recorded in Keylong town while it was 30-40 cm in the higher reaches of Koksar and Rohtang Pass districts.

He said telephone communication with some villages around Koksar district could not be established due the heavy snowfall for the past two weeks.

Snowfall was also experienced in higher reaches of Kullu, Kinnuar, Chamba, Kangra, Mandi and Sirmour districts.

The official said the low-lying areas in the state were lashed by intermittent rains. The weather later turned sunny and partly cloudy.

Saloni in Chamba and Kumarsain of Shimla recorded 10 mm rainfall each, Seobagh & Banjar of Kullu 6 mm each, Baijanath of Kangra, Jogindernagar of Mandi & Jubbarhatti of Shimla 5 mm each, Theog of Shimla & Nurpur of Kangra 3 mm each.

The mercury fell to 0.8 degree Celsius in this capital town. Keylong was the coldest with minus 7.4 degrees and Kalpa minus 3 degrees, Dharamshala 4.3 degrees, Bhuntar of Kullu and Solan were at 5.2 degrees each, Palampur in Kangra 5.5 degrees and Sundernagar 5.9 degrees, Mandi 6.4 degrees and Una 7.9 degrees respectively.


All flights to Himachal cancelled due to rough weather

All flights to Himachal Pradesh from Delhi were cancelled today following incessant rain and inclement weather conditions.

Jubberhati-based Airport Manager of Kingfisher Airlines told UNI over the telephone that three flights scheduled from Delhi to Shimla, Kullu and Dharamshala had to be cancelled as a result of which the return flights also had to be cancelled.

According to sources, the Air India flight to Kullu did not operate due to rough weather.

Both airlines had successfully operated their flights on Monday after cancelling them on Sunday.

District Information Officer Lahaul Spiti Sher Singh said three helicopter flights from Bhuntar to Stingri, Sisu and Udaipur had also been suspended due to continous snowfall in the tribal district since early morning.

Road traffic, power supply and telecommunication were partly affected in the state by the heavy rain and snowfall at several places, throwing life out of gear.


Snowfall in high reaches of HP, air traffic affected

Snowfall and incessant rain, continuing since last night, intensified the cold conditions in Himachal Pradesh today, affecting flight schedule and normal life here.

Reports coming from Manali said it had another spell of snow since early morning, registering four cm snowfall in the town, while Mardi, Solangnalah and Jalorijot reported 10-15 cm snow.

Keylong of Lahaul Spiti received 20 cm snowfall, followed by Kalpa in Kinnaur district 10 cm, Chitkual 16 cm and Recong-Peo two cm. High reaches of the Rohtang Pass and Koksar villages recorded two-and-half feet thick layer of snow.

Hatu peak near tourist resort Narkanda had seven cm snowfall, while downstream area of Kufri was lashed with incessant rainfall continuing since overnight.

According to Kingfisher Airlines Airport Manager Shashi Sharma, the flight scheduled to Shimla and Kullu had been cancelled following inclement weather and overcast sky.

Heavy snowfall poured in Pangi subdivision of Chamba, mounting to one-and-half feet, followed by Baragarh area of Churah sub-division at three to four cm. High reaches of Tissa and Bharmour also reported snowfall as was the case with Dhauladhar ranges of Kangra district.

The incessant rainfall also occurred in Sirmour, Solan, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Una and Mandi district.

The Met department warned that owing to activation of western disturbances in the Western Himalayas, heavy rain or snow might occur at isolated places in the state.


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